Infographic: The Growth In The U.S. Wine Industry Has Been Massive

Christie's is conducting an auction of rare and acclaimed domestic wines, with listings of bottles estimated at between $100 and $9,500 and dating as far back as 1935. Through this Thursday, July 11, the famed auction house is running an online-only sale of over 250 lots of classic and cult wines from some of the most notable producers in the United States, including bottles from California, Oregon, Washington and beyond.

To accompany the sale, Christie's has put together the infographic below, depicting various fun facts and figures about the American wine industry. Christie's also hit us with eye-opening statistics regarding the massive growth of the domestic wine industry that surprised even us, including:

  • American wine sales have risen from $19.2 billion in 2000 to $34.6 billion in 2013
  • Wine consumption in the U.S. has increased from 568 million gallons a year in 2000, to 856 million gallons a year in 2012
  • A study shows that a whopping 74% of wine consumers purchase wine online
  • 40% of Twitter users chat about wine
  • There are over 450 iPhone apps that allow consumers to learn about wine
  • There are 133 Master Sommeliers today in the U.S., compared to 40 in the year 2000
  • 12.5% of all wine sales today are online, already up 15% since 2011

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